In retrospect, it may've been a mistake to browse Facebook today. All those glowing posts about "the best mother ever." All my friends' pictures of their happy, happy, happy families grinning broadly.
If your family has been blessed with that authentic joy, I'm happy for you. Envious, actually. You might want to click off this article now because it's for "the rest of us."
Those of us who white-knuckle it through Mother's Day for a plethora of reasons, all of them painful. If Mother's Day is one of the worst days of the year for you too, then this article is for you.
I believe that even the most horrific situations can be somewhat redeemed if we can turn them into lessons to protect others from similar abuse. The ol' lemons-to-lemonade thing. This is my attempt to squeeze some lemonade out of what we're learning from Ghislaine's trial so others don't experience the same fate.
In July 2017, I wrote an article titled Wait, Was That...Sexual Grooming!?! for PsychCentral in which we discussed what I and so many other experienced. I called it "lite grooming" because, unlike Ghislaine's overt style of grooming, "1) it may not have been overtly sexual in nature and 2) it may never have culminated in actual molestation or a sexual act."
I remembered that old article today after Annie Farmer testified in court that Ghislaine began grooming a teenage Annie by suddenly massaging her breasts. That triggered my teenage memory of a female family member inexplicably bashing the same boundary with me.
So many of Ghislaine's victims mention "freezing" when Ghislaine or Epstein touched them inappropriately. That may sound strange but if you've been on the receiving end of grooming, it makes perfect sense. (More about that later.)
Unfortunately, television is grooming us as a society to accept grooming. It's become so commonplace to see women grabbing and fondling each other's breasts on reality TV, we hardly notice it anymore. I don't care if the women are related, like Smothered "star" Cristina Bertolli routinely grabbing her mother's bosom, in my opinion it's still wrong. Been wanting to say that for a long time.
Lite grooming, even by a blood relative of the same gender, is just as wounding and crazy-making as hardcore grooming by someone like Ghislaine because the intent and effects are the same: 1) someone else establishes control over your body, 2) your God-given physical boundaries are destroyed and 3) you are left utterly confused and ashamed, utterly unable to re-establish those boundaries because of your misplaced shame.
How did President Trump win in 2016?
How will he win again on Tuesday, November 3rd?
It's not rocket science. He whistle-stops. In 2016 aboard his private jet. In 2020, via Air Force One.
Whistle-stopping is as old as the hills. Historians trace it back to the campaign-by-train of William Henry Harrison in 1836. But my favorite whistle-stopper was a Democratic president whom I greatly admire, Harry S. Truman.
In 1948, Harry Truman, wife Bess and daughter Margaret traveled 31,000 miles and delivered 356 speeches from the caboose of their train, the Ferdinand Magellan.
As always, Hollywood director Frank Capra explained whistle-stopping best in his 1941 movie, Meet John Doe. In the movie, actor Gary Cooper (as John Doe) takes to the rails like Trump (by private jet!) to bring a message of hope to America. As Cooper travels from one rally to another, he ponders on why people come to see him speak?
3 of the MSM's Dumbest Gaslighting Techniques to Discourage us over Trump's COVID-19 Condition
"You are a liar."
I don't usually engage in personal comments on Twitter but I couldn't let Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair and The New York Times get away with it.
The MSM watched the 4 minute clip of President Trump speaking from Walter Reed.
We, the American people, watched the same 4 minute clip.
We saw our usual strong leader, breathing normally, upbeat, energetic, caring, loving and chomping at the bit to get back to work.
The MSM painted him weak, gasping, coughing, leaning on the table for support, fearing for his life. Bullshit!
They lie. They gaslight us. Or maybe it's some kind of "blab it, grab it" voodoo. They throw their lies out to the Universe hoping some dark power will make their fondest wishes come true.
Hey! I'm grasping at straws here because the MSM defies logic.
I know Nancy Pelosi's white roots have already grown out since her infamous visit to that hair salon. But thanks to Donald Trump bringing it up at every awesome rally, it's not stale news yet!
The whole incident would've blown over in a jiffy if she'd had the humility and Erma Bombeckesque sense of humor to say, "Sorry, my bad. I just wanted to look my best for my voters."
But no! Nancy herself blew the incident into A Thing by projection, by attempting to gaslight the American voter by blaming the hair salon for setting her up. Basically a grown-up version of, "I know you are but what am I?" Typical narcissism. The faux apology that circles around to blame the victim.
Our God-Given American Freedoms: The Philosophy Inspiring Our Fight Against Narcissism
Yesterday, I received an alarmed email from my marketing service informing me that 7.58% of my readers had unsubscribed after I wrote They Said Trump Is A Malignant Narcissist. Was I off-topic, they wanted to know? Had I erred in some way?
I've been writing about all the usual topics - cults, narcissism, freedom but as they relate to America and Donald Trump. Apparently, that pissed off exactly 7.58% of my subscribers who are Biden/Harris supporters.
Then I realized something: You can't write about narcissism without also writing about America, patriotism, freedom...and Donald Trump.
Our fight against narcissism is a fight for our God-given American Freedoms in the microcosm of our relationships. But you won't even know you have those freedoms without America. What we're fighting for, nationally and personally, is for freedom "against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Emphasis on domestic.
[TRIGGER WARNING: Mind Control]
Once upon a time, in a place called Maple Grove, Cinderella and Prince Charming met online, had one date and got married. On their honeymoon, they found the end of the rainbow (it's in Oregon; we have pictures) and expected to Live Happily Ever After.
But it was not to be because Michael, I mean, Prince Charming found a website called InfoWars. And boy! Was I, I mean, Cinderella pissed off!
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